La P’tite Manif

As part of its cultural development activities, Manif d’art 8 is presenting a program designed for children. La P’tite Manif offers children and their families a wide range of activities at various sites throughout the city.


Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ)

179, Grande-Allée Ouest
418 643-2150

Curiosities – Exhibition for the family

Family Gallery, Central pavilion MNBAQ

The works of artist Vicky Sabourin catapult children and adults alike into the fascinating world of the enchanted forest. Multi-sensory experiences, as well as staging and observation games, await visitors to this mysterious boreal forest.

November 24, 2016 to June 11, 2017
Free admission


Family Workshops

Atelier A, Pavillon Charles-Baillairgé, MNBAQ

Take a creation workshop designed for the whole family! Each month a new workshop is offered, highlighting the approach of an artist from Manif d’art 8.

Saturdays and Sundays – February, March and April
$4 per person

Get your pass the same day at the box office, or reserve on the Tuesday preceding the activity at 418-643-2150.


Spring Break at the Museum

Workshops, shows, films and activities for the entire family, all based on the theme of joy, will be presented at various locations within the museum.

March 6 to 10 
$7 per person

Get your tickets on-site, the same day.


Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy

Children Place, Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy

350, rue Saint-Joseph Est

Réservations – 418 641-6789, poste 173


At the Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy from March 4 to 29, 2017, Manif d’art 8 is presenting the new exhibition Cultivons la joie, along with several stimulating activities for children. Come and discover a space that is both playful and educational, based on the theme of the Biennial, and embark on a quest for joy!

La P’tite Manif consists of three sections, each packed with entertaining and creative activities.


Exhibition: Cultivons la joie

Connected with the Biennial’s other exhibitions, Cultivons la joie has been designed with children in mind. An interactive installation and a visual documentation of the works selected for Manif d’art 8 will be presented in an entertaining way, suitable for children. Both young and old are invited to explore and interact with the large “Wish Tree” standing in the heart of the library’s Place des enfants. Inspired by the Asian tradition in which these trees symbolize freedom, hope and spirituality, the installation is a space to dream, to experience the sensation of joy.

March 4 to 29 
Monday to Friday – 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free admission


Creation Workshops for Children

This series of creation workshops for children is an opportunity for young and old to discover the theme of Manif d’art 8, and to ponder its implications. Where does joy originate? What sensations does it bring? How can it be maintained, shared? What are the various ingredients of happiness?

Each activity includes a visit to the exhibition Cultivons la joie, as well as a workshop that encourages children to invent their own recipe for joy. Diverse artistic techniques, used by the Biennial’s participating artists, will be proposed.

Duration – 50 minutes


Recipe for Joy

If a recipe for joy existed, what would be its ingredients? After a presentation of certain works by artists on the program and their approach to the concept of joy, the children will be invited to add to the “recipe” according to their own perspective. The workshop will encourage children to use their imagination in coming up with their own personal recipes.


Large-scale Work for Group

Children are invited to work together on a large-scale work, which will be developed throughout La P’tite Manif. Deriving inspiration from The Art of Joy and the works of participating artists, the children will create a vibrantly coloured mural.


March 6 to 29 
Monday to Friday

March 13 to 29 – For groups with reservations
Monday to Friday – 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Demonstration Workshops

Demonstration workshops for children will be conducted at the Bibliothèque Gabrielle-Roy by four artists from Quebec City participating in the exhibition Nous courions vite et les égratignures sur nos jambes étaient belles.



In this workshop for all ages led by Loriane Thibodeau, participants will discover the techniques of clay monotype printing.

March 4
1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Free admission


Émilie Proulx introduces children aged 7 and over to the art of embroidery, encouraging them to use her own works as models.

March 11
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Free admission


Charles-Étienne Brochu invites young people aged 6 to 14 to take part in a collage workshop based on his own artistic practice.

March 18
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Free admission


Annie Baillargeon will give a creation workshop on costumes, performance and photography to children aged 7 to 12.

March 25
2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Free admission



Playful activity on tour at libraries in Quebec City

Dates: March 5 to 12, 2017

This playful activity touring Quebec City’s network of libraries will immerse you in the theme of Manif d’art 8: The Art of Joy.


During spring break, the team of Manif d’art 8 is inviting you to create a work in the “pop-up” style. Using various cut-out and folding techniques, have fun creating a surprising and joyfully coloured work!

March 5 to 12

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